All TB ports on the new V will be 4× as required by the next-gen TB’s always 40Gb/s.
Our primary concern is to get everything to work well under Windows. In comparison, Linux support is only a secondary consideration when sourcing components. However, the Linux community is exceptionally crafty and will likely get most if not all of the hardware on board to function.
We first need to see what kind of tools are required to perform this task; however, everything can likely already be found in existing toolkits such as those from iFixit. A pre-cut adhesive might be something we can offer as it will possibly be produced for factory assembly. Yet, nothing is concrete.
Besides the added risk of shipping your precious drive around the world, it will significantly increase the assembly line’s complexity. That is, instead of having a set number of models resulting in a pallet of Vs ready for any customer, each device with a user-provided SSD will essentially become its unique model that will need to be individually tracked for its intended customer. Such a change will ultimately lead to a premium that customers pay for us to perform it. Use Spectrum as an example: if we add factory Delta E calibration, it will roughly double each monitor’s total time on the factory line and probably result in (an optional) premium price if we decide (not decided yet, off-topic) to offer it.
(Personal) Although more storage drives get purchased potentially leads to more e-waste, the drive you can send out is functioning well, which may be used for other purposes such as a portable drive in a Thunderbolt SSD enclosure or as storage of a PC. The additional shipping resulted from customers sending their drives worldwide will create carbon emission at the same time.
@BlackEagle @eoscollins @yetanotherone Update 18/10: Based on your overwhelmingly popular feedback, we checked back and found that our previous decision was not adequately evaluated. We will ensure to explore it further and come back when we have news to share. Thank you for your suggestion!
In the post, we mentioned that the keyboard’s weight and thickness will benefit from the absence of a battery and a Bluetooth transceiver, and subsequently, these aspects of the entire device. Additionally, the Bluetooth feature in the keyboard, though adds flexibility when implemented correctly, never quite worked the way we intended it to in the 1st-Gen V’s keyboard. It had connectivity problems, which reduced the keyboard’s reliability. Other limitations, such as the lack of Bluetooth mode’s Windows Precision driver support, made the 1st-Gen touchpad’s behavior change concerning the connection method. Therefore, until we can do it right, we would rather forego the feature than risk frustrating the end-user with a likely flawed point.